Stingrays hold off Evansville, 3-2, in shootout
The South Carolina Stingrays (32-15-1-3) toppled the Evansville IceMen, 3-2, in the shootout in front of a crowd of 6,485 on the 8th Annual Pink in the Rink presented by East Cooper Medical Center benefiting Susan G. Komen Lowcountry at the North Charleston Coliseum on Saturday night.
Stingrays forward Kyle Bodie broke the scoreless tie 1:38 into the second period, tapping in a loose puck under IceMen goaltender Garrett Bartus (33 saves on 35 shots) after forward Wayne Simpson's shot clipped off his blocker.
Forward Peter Boyd made it a two-goal advantage with his team-leading 18th goal, catching a pass from Bodie and ripping it over the glove of Bartus from the top of the right-wing circle. Forward Paul Rodrigues added the second assist.
Goaltender Max Strang (10 saves on 12 shots) started the third period for the Stingrays after starting goalie Jeff Jakaits (21 saves on 21 shots) suffered an injury in the middle frame.
The IceMen (24-17-3-6) started the comeback midway through the stanza when forward Kellan Tochkin deflected a shot from the right-wing point between the legs of Strang for his fifth goal of the season.
Former Stingrays forward Dylan Clarke knotted up the contest at 15:57 to force overtime.
Forwards Jack Downing and Simpson capitalized and Strang stopped all four shootershe faced to seal the victory.
The Stingrays ended the game 0 for 2 on the power play, while the IceMen went 0 for 3.
The Stingrays travel to The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia to take on the Gwinnett Gladiators on Sunday at 2:05 p.m.
Evansville 0 0 2 0 0-2
South Carolina 0 2 0 0 1-3